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Comedian Jen Kirkman finally addresses those Louis C.K. rumors

Is he the sexually inappropriate man she alluded to in her podcast?


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Sep 19, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 4:59 pm CDT

Jen Kirkman has cleared up some rumors about Louis C.K.

In a recent interview with The Village Voice, the comedian addressed comments she made on her podcast in 2015, which did not name C.K. but alluded to a male comedian doing something inappropriate in front of her. She later deleted the episode, but around the same time in 2015, Gawker ran a story about a “tipster” who had a story about C.K., which was similar to a 2012 blind item it ran and to Kirkman’s story, and outlets started running with the connection.

Kirkman told the Voice:

There are rumors out there that Louis takes his dick out at women. He has never done that to me. I never said he did, I never implied that he did. What I said was, when you hear rumors about someone, and they ask you to go on the road with them, this is what being a woman in comedy is like—imagine if there’s always a chance of rain over your head but [with] men, there isn’t. So you go, ‘Should I leave the house with an umbrella, or not?’

This comes after C.K.’s controversial “secret” film I Love You, Daddy debuted at TIFF and Tig Notaro made comments about C.K. needing to address rumors of misconduct. Kirkman responded to the latter, saying she doesn’t know why Notaro is talking about the rumors and that “Sometimes there’s nothing there. I think this might be a case of there’s nothing there. If I’m wrong, I’m wrong, and if any women want to come forward and say what he’s done, I’ll totally back them, because I believe women. But I just don’t know any.”

Kirkman, who is currently on her All New Material, Girl tour, said she deleted the podcast episode “not because Louis paid me off, but because it was causing so much attention.”

H/T Village Voice

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*First Published: Sep 19, 2017, 11:46 am CDT